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||Tannery Creek flows north off of High Tor
hill just south of Naples. It runs between Route 53 to the west
and East Hill Road on the east.
From East Hill Rd. about a mile up the hill
from town, then go up and over the ridge to the south. There is a
fixed cable which helps to scramble down into the gully above the
large falls. Hike upstream to find several smaller falls.
can access the lower half of the creek by taking
Rte 21 through Naples until you reach the intersection
of Rte 53. Follow Rte 53 for less than 1/4
mile to Tannery Road and turn left. This
is a short road that dead ends at a town highway
maintenance building. We parked on the edge
of the gravel lot beyond the salt pile and felt
we would not obstruct any activity in the lot.
is no path to take you into the creek. We
scampered down the short but steep embankment just
behind the maintenance building.
You can easily spend 1 1/2 hours climbing the lower
half of this creek There are several cascades
and two smaller falls that you can climb. We
climbed them in the winter with our in-step crampons.
You will eventually reach a tall falls, about 75
feet. This falls is more difficult to ascend. The
hillside next to the tall falls is quite steep, hence
we preferred to hike the upper half of Tannery Creek
by accessing it from E. Hill Road.
||Tannery Creek is one of our favorites.
The rock walls are varied and beautiful. The lighting on the
adjacent sloped woodlands has always been photographic, especially
in the fall. We've never encountered other people in this gully,
probably because the access is less marked than the others in the
area. There are three other nearby waterfall hikes that are more frequented by
hikers, Conklin, Clark's
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